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1. Dontae Johnson. Played like a monster. Broke up three passes. First, he swatted away a Colin Kaepernick pass intended for Anquan Boldin in the back right corner of the end zone. You rarely see a cornerback beat Boldin on a jump ball. Next, Johnson almost intercepted a Kaepernick pass intended for Brandon Lloyd. Kaepernick stared down Lloyd and Johnson noticed, breaking on the ball before Lloyd turned his head. The pass bounced off Johnson’s chest and hit the ground. The very next play, Johnson broke up a Kaepernick pass intended for Stevie Johnson in the end zone. Stevie cut to the inside but couldn’t shake Dontae. Dontae outmuscled Stevie for the ball and knocked it to the ground.
2. Carlos Hyde. Twice during 11 on 11 team drills he ran off tackle, cut back inside and exploded through holes untouched. After each run, Jim Harbaugh yelled, “Atta way, Carlos!” Later during the same team drill, Hyde slid in the pocket and blocked a blitzer. Harbaugh loved it. He shouted, “Nice job, Carlos!” before the quarterback threw the ball.
3. Jewel Hampton. Caught five passes during team drills. Even made a touchdown catch during a red zone drill. He carried the ball well, too, gaining about 10 yards up the middle on one run against the first team defense.
4. Vance McDonald. Also caught five passes during team drills. Dropped none. He caught two touchdown passes during red zone drills.
5. Tank Carradine. Burst through the offensive line and tagged Jewel Hampton for a three yard loss during 11 on 11s.
6. Lawrence Okoye. Pushed Al Netter into McLeod Bethel Thompson, who was standing about five or six yards behind the line of scrimmage in the pocket. Netter could not hold his ground against Okoye.
7. Antoine Bethea. Intercepted Bethel Thompson, who overthrew Devon Wylie during 7 on 7s.
8. Michael Crabtree. Caught a touchdown pass between two safeties on the first play of 7 on 7s. Colin Kaepernick threw the pass. It looked like the kind of play that would have gotten broken up in a real game with live contact. The safeties let up as soon as they got to Crabtree.
9. Brandon Lloyd. Blocked Dontae Johnson out of a play during a red zone drill. Lloyd’s block allowed Vance McDonald to run into the end zone untouched.
1. Blaine Gabbert. Campbell. During 11 on 11s, Gabbert threw a deep pass to Lloyd, who was breaking toward the sideline. Gabbert threw the pass about five yards too short. Campbell, Dontae Johnson, Jewel Hampton, Jim Harbaugh, Lawrence Okoye, Michael Crabtree, Patrick Willis, Stevie Johnson, Tank Carradine, Vance McDonald
Is Dontae Johnson playing special teams ? if so which ones? it sounded yesterday that Cook was struggling so i wonder as to who the 5 CB will be that are kept. Brock, Cully, Cox (now our 1 returner) DJ , cook, acker and morris for 2 spots
Also how is Okoye doing in game situations (tracking the ball, maintain gap discipline) in 11 on 11 or inside run drills? I know he can use his brute strength in 1 on 1 but would like to see how his overall awareness of the game is coming along. Thanks in advance
I think this should put our injury situation in perspective:
Soft tissue injuries are expected: Last year, there was an average of about one ACL tear per day in the first 15 days of league wide camp practices. The major injury problem hasn gone away. San Francisco 49ers running back Kendall Hunter blew out an ACL on Friday. Since the start of camps, there have been four season ending Achilles tendon tears: Indianapolis Colts halfback Vick Ballard, Baltimore Ravens cornerback Aaron Ross, New England Patriots wide receiver Greg Orton and Houston Texans guard Cody White. Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Cecil Shorts and Carolina Panthers halfback Jonathan Stewart are out with hamstring injuries. Going from the post OTA summer break to the start of training camp can be a shock to a body. Sad to say this, but expect 10 or 11 more major injuries over the next week and a half. Clayton(ESPN)
First, he swatted away a Colin Kaepernick pass intended for Anquan Boldin in the back right corner of the end zone. You rarely see a cornerback beat Boldin on a jump ball. Next, Johnson almost intercepted a Kaepernick pass intended for Brandon Lloyd. Kaepernick stared down Lloyd and Johnson noticed, breaking on the ball before Lloyd turned his head. The pass bounced off Johnson’s chest and hit the ground. The very next play, Johnson broke up a Kaepernick pass intended for Stevie Johnson in the end zone.
like typical Kaepernick red zone offense. INC/INT/INC
Glad to see he progressing in that area.
I would think the best way to utilize Lattimore when and if he becomes healthy this year is sparingly. If they can distribute 15 carries between Hyde, Lattimore and James, I be a happy camper. Even distribution early in the season with no back receiving more than 10 carries, that includes Gore.
Don mean to sound harsh. It took me two years to get over Craig After watching Gore run against the Seahawks last year, I not in a big hurry to have him handed the starting job and the lionshare of the carries this year.
Then unfortunately they do not plan to get better on the ground.
That assertion makes multiple assertions, none of which seem to have any factual support.
Assumption No. 1 Taking a committee approach to the rushing attack will improve the running game. Again, when has a team with a run centric offense done so with great success?
Also, I have read multiple running backs (including Frank Gore) state that they do better with more carries. Limiting Gore, Hyde, and James 8 10 carries each may prevent any of them from getting into rhythm.
Assumption No. 2 The 49ers have to get better on the ground. The team finished 2013 as the 3rd ranked rushing attack.
Assumption No. 3 The alleged failure of the 49ers rushing attack last year can be laid solely at the feet of Frank Gore. Several other commenters have noted that the 49ers problems running against Seattle last season seemed to be due, at least in part, to problems on the offensive line, particularly on the interior. The 49ers already have committed to replacing Goodwin, and it looks like they may replace Boone.
Hyde and Lattimore (if he healthy) will get plenty of chances in the preseason to show what they can do. Can we at least wait until they actually play in a few games against NFL defenses before we start advocating for them to replace Gore? If the coaches think that the rushing attack will improve by giving some of Gore carries to one or both of them, then they will do so. If they don then they won
You been trying to bury Frank Gore for three years, suggesting each time that he was done as an every down back. He proved you wrong each of the past three seasons, but you back, once again calling for him to be replaced and suggesting that only Harbaugh stubbornness will keep Gore as the starter/main ball carrier. You may be right this year (4th time the charm!); I don think anyone would argue that Gore isn the same back he was 3 4 years ago. But, it makes sense to at least gather some data on the new guys before making such a big change. Maybe, just maybe, the coaches will have a good reason for sticking with Gore.